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Naranag Gangabal Trek (5N6D)


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Naranag Gangabal Trek

INR 15700/All Taxes Included

(Services from pickup at Srinagar airport to departure at same airport)

Introduction

The Narang-Gangabal-Trek expedition is the only trek in Kashmir which remains open most of the year. The trek is considered as an easy trek, owing to the well established path and the altitude which remains under 3700m asl. The trek passes through pine forests, meadows and reaches its destination at the twin alpine lakes (Gangabal and Nundkol Lake) situated at the foothills of mount Haramukh (5300M).

Though trekking in Kashmir is not the newest but still this expedition is no walk in the park. The first hike is a steep climb through the pine forest of Butsheri then a gradual walking through meadows all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir. It becomes a snow-trek in April-May and October-November and presents a unique of the Himalayas.

While planning your trek, as a beginner keep the following points in consideration:-
  • you feel fit enough to trek for hours.
  • you walk two or three kilometers daily.
  • you don’t have any breathing problems.
  • you are not scared of heights.
  • Duration

    5 nights 6 days

  • Price

    INR 15700/ Per Person (All Taxes Included)

  • Grade

    Easy to Moderate (T3)

  • Trek Distance

    30 km

  • Highest Altitude

    Gangabal Lake (3700 m)

Inclusions

What’s included in the Price?

  • All road transport by private ac cars

    For Day 1 and 6 – Airport transfers, from Srinagar to Naranag base camp on Day 2 and back to Srinagar on Day 5.

  • 3 nights of tented accommodation
    Twin sharing; 2 persons in a 3-man-tent
  • 2 nights (before and after the trek) Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation
    Houseboat Jewel Box group of Houseboats; Monalisa, Mughal Palace or Hotel Ash Vale in Srinagar (twin sharing, Dinner and breakfast included)
  • All trekking gear included
    Tents (twin sharing), dining and kitchen tent, toilet tents, sleeping bags and mats. Trekking poles (1 per person) also included.
  • Local Guides and Cooking staff

    Languages; English, Urdu, Hindi and Kashmiri

  • All cooking utensils

     LPG stoves

  • Offloading
    Horses to carry your backpack throughout the trek (offloading) (except day sack)
  • Meal plan- Vegetarian meals including eggs and cheese, unless specified

    Trek-4 meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea snacks, Dinner). Hotel or Houseboat – 2 Meals (Dinner and Breakfast)

  • Wildlife Permits
    Trek Permits
  • Drinking Water

    Packed bottled mineral drinking water (2 ltrs per person) on first day of the trek. Boiled drinking water for the rest trek-days

  • First Aid Kit

What’s not included in the Price?

  • International or domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Any medical costs

    Costs associated with a medical incident, such as your evacuation from the mountain and/ or hospitalization (for which you should have travel insurance)

  • Optional trips or excursions
  • Tips for local staff and guides.

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Arrival Srinagar

  • Arrive Srinagar (Alt. 1600m)
  • Pickup from Srinagar airport or Bus stand
  • 10 kms drive to Houseboat or Hotel at Dal Lake, approx 30 minutes.

(Transport from Srinagar airport or bus station to the hotel or houseboat. Tea, dinner and breakfast)

Day 2:- Srinagar to Naranag (drive) and Trunkhol (trek)

  • Altitude: 1600m to 2250m drive
  • Altitude: 2250m to 3200m trek
  • 60 kms drive approx 2 hours and 9 km trek, approx 6 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 3 :- Trunkhol to Gangabal Lake

  • Altitude: 3200m to 3700m
  • 6 kms trek, approx 4 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 4:- Day at leisure

  • Explore twin lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 5:- Gangabal to Naranag trek, Drive to Srinagar

  • Altitude: 3700m to 2250m
  • 15 kms trek, approx 6 hours
  • 60 kms drive, approx 2 hours

(Transport from Naranag to Srinagar Hotel. Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation (twin sharing) at Srinagar. lunch at Naranag, dinner and the breakfast at the hotel in Srinagar)

Day 6:- Srinagar Airport or Bus Stand drop.

  • 5 kms drive to bus stand, approx 20 minutes
  • 12 kms drive to Srinagar airport, approx 30 minutes

(Transport from Srinagar to the airport for departure)

Gangbal-Trek-Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: – Arrival. Reception at Srinagar airport/bus station.
On arrival at Srinagar airport or bus station, our representative will receive you and transfer you to the hotel or houseboat at Dal Lake, Srinagar for an overnight stay.

Day 2: – Srinagar – Naranag – Trunkhol (3 hrs drive/ 5 hrs trek).
After breakfast at the houseboat, we drive to Naranag and we pack our load on horses and start our trek. Our trail a slightly steep passes through the pine forest of Butsheri and through the meadows of Bodpathri we camp at Trunkhol for an overnight stay.

Day 3: – Trunkhol – Gangabal Lake (4 hrs trek).
We leave Trunkhol meadow and walk through grassy fields. We camp at Gangabal Lake for an overnight stay. These are two lakes Gangabal and Nundkol situated at the foothills of Mount Haramukh.

Day 4: – Day at leisure. Explore twin lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol or take a short walk to a nearby lake of Kolesar.

Day 5: – Gangabal – Naranag. (6 hrs trek). We leave Gangabal and Nundkol Lakes and trek through the meadows of Trunkol and descend to Naranag village through the pine forest of Bodpathri. Here ends our walking. We take our car and drive back to Srinagar hotel or houseboat for an overnight stay.

Day 6: – Departure day.
Our representative will drop you at the airport or bus station. Departure.

What to Carry?

The trek is supported by horses. You will need to carry only a light sack, weighing about 4-6kg for your items like passport, money, and camera gear. The following is a list of the items you should carry on the trek. If you have items that can not be used on the trek, you can store them at our houseboat or our office and take them back after returning from the trek.

  • Please note that only postpaid Indian mobile sim cards (Jio, Airtel and BSNL) work in Kashmir Valley. There’s no cellular connectivity from Day 2 to Day 6 of the trek.
  • Please double check your passport or Aadhar numbers before submitting through booking form. These numbers are required for preparation of trek permits.
  • Passport or a valid ID card
  • Duffel Bag 60 liters
  • One Pair Trekking Shoes
  • One Pair Trail Approach Shoes
  • Trekking Pants
  • Hooded Rain Jacket
  • Shade Hat
  • One Pair Sunglasses
  • One Pair Liner Gloves
  • Small Size Day-Pack
  • Two Pair Trekking Socks
  • One Pair Sandals
  • Extra Warm Clothes
  • Warm Hooded Down Jacket
  • Sunscreen Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Any Personal Medication

Fitness

Kashmir Treks are achievable by anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. As a team member, you should have an adventurous and robust spirit. The biggest challenge on this expedition is the first part of the trek across alpine terrain, much of which at altitudes of above 3000m.

Minimum fitness requirements

  • Trek: up to 10km per day.
  • Daily activity: up to 5 hours’ trekking per day.
  • Carry: up to 5kg in a day sack.
  • Terrain: remote, uneven, snowy, icy, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain at up to 3600m.
  • Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at Gangabal. Averages are 3000m, 5 to 25C.
  • Swim: not required though there will be river crossings to make.